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Today, 07:47 PM

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If your device dies, you can usually find a place to plug in. But that’s only if you carry your charging cord and even if you’re lucky enough to have it on you, you’re stuck at the outlet until you’ve

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iPhone 6S to double LTE speeds, run more efficiently with...

Today, 02:19 PM

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<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...c_6s3.jpg"><imgtitle="iPhone 6S to double LTE speeds, run more efficiently with new Qualcomm chip" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-386944" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/9to5mac_6s3.jpg?w=704&h=469" alt="9to5Mac_6S3" width="704" height="469" /></a></p>
<p>One of the main upgrades to the <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-gallery/">nextiPhone’s internals</a> will be a redesigned wireless system featuring a new Qualcomm-made LTE chip, as revealed by images of a prototype iPhone 6S logic board shared by a source. As shown in the image below, the new device will include Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform. This new chip promises significant performance improvements over the “9X25″ chip found inside of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds…</p>
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<p>The new MDM9635M chip was first <a href="https://www.qualcomm...>introduced</a>by Qualcomm in late 2013, nearly two years after the chip inside the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=iPhone%206&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AiPhone%206&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=5D2WRVVKXXODR2WH">iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=iPhone%206%20plus&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AiPhone%206%20plus&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=5YJMTLRJ6CPMB5NA">6 Plus</a> was first announced. However, due to standard production lag times, the chip only hit the smartphone market one year ago, as the modem inside a South Korean variant on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=galaxy%20s5&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=7WC6ROFCEY7YYBBF">Samsung’s Galaxy S5</a>. For end users, the most important new feature from the chip will be the potential for up to 300 Mbps download speeds, doubling the 150 Mbps download speeds found in the current generation iPhone lineup. The new chip has the same 50 Mbps upload speed limit, however, and real-world performance is likely to be closer to 225Mbps or lower, depending on the cellular network.</p>
<p>The newer processor also is more power efficient, according to Qualcomm, which could mean improved battery life when the iPhone 6S is used for LTE functionality. We are also told that the new iPhone’s motherboard is slightly narrower and more compact overall than the iPhone 6’s and iPhone 6 Plus’s motherboard, which could mean extra room for a modestly larger battery. Combined with <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...h-gallery/">iOS9’s new power-saving features</a> and low-power mode, it would make sense for Apple to also improve battery life by way of upgraded hardware.</p>
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<p>Qualcomm’s new chip saves Apple some motherboard space due to its slightly more compact size. The “9X35″ is built using a newer 20nm production process, more condensed than the 28nm process used for the Qualcomm cellular data chip in the current iPhones. The “9X35″ new chip is Qualcomm’s first built with the new production process, which leads to power efficiency and reduced heat generation. This new chip could prevent iPhones from warming up when under intense data usage.</p>
<p>An upgrade over the “Category 4″ chipset in the current iPhone, the new chip is in the category of “Category 6″ cellular modems due to its speed. “The Category 6 speeds enabled by the Gobi 9×35 will allow customers to enjoy blazing-fast downloads, snappier application performance due to lower network response time, and run more connectivity based applications smoothly, as well as concurrently,” Qualcomm said when discussing the new chip.</p>
<p>It is still “backwards compatible and supports all other major cellular technologies, including DC-HSPA, EVDO Rev. B, CDMA 1x, GSM and TD-SCDMA,” Qualcomm later added. The chip maker also said that the chip enables smartphone makers to “design sleeker devices without sacrificing performance, while at the same time allowing operators to increase their network capacity and efficiency,” which could open up the door for slimmer iPhones in the future.</p>
<p>However, it does not appear that a slimmer iPhone is ready for 2015, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...de-gallery/">asour earlier images indicated no easily discernible external design differences</a> between the upcoming iPhone and the current iPhone line. In addition to more robust wireless networking and potentially improved battery life, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/26/ios-9-supports-iphone-6s-force-touch-may-enhance-imessage-keyboard-apple-pay/">we were told in May that the new iPhone will include a Force Touch display</a> akin to that on the Apple Watch. We’re still tracking additional iPhone 6S details this week, so stay tuned.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/'>AAPL Company</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/'>iOS Devices</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/20nm/'>20nm</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/3g/'>3G</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/4g/'>4G</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/9x25/'>9X25</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/9x35/'>9X35</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/att/'>AT&amp;T</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/chip/'>chip</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/efficiency/'>Efficiency</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone-6s/'>iphone 6s</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone-6s-plus/'>iphone 6s plus</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/lte/'>LTE</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/mdm9635m/'>MDM9635M</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/processor/'>processor</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/qualcomm/'>Qualcomm</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/sprint/'>Sprint</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/verizon/'>Verizon</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=387127&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>Check out <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a> for more breaking coverage of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/">iOS Devices</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/att/">AT&amp;T</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/01/phone-6s-twice-as-fast-better-battery/#comments">Discuss "iPhone 6S to double LTE speeds, run more efficiently with new Qualcomm&nbsp;chip" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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Fallout 4′s awesome wearable bonus incompatible with iPho...

Today, 08:25 PM

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If you’ve been itching to put a real-life Pip-Boy on your wrist via the $120 collector’s edition of Bethesda’s highly-anticipated role playing video game, Fallout 4, and you own an iPhone 6 Plus, you may be out of luck. The

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Today, 04:40 PM

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<p>We <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-go-away/">toldyou earlier this year</a> that Snapchat was considering changing a major part of how its app works, and today the social network has officially introduced that change: viewing Snaps and Stories now works with a single tap. Previously, part of Snapchat’s signature user experience included holding a finger over a Snap or Story to view it; lifting the finger meant going back to the contact list. Aside from the new Tap to View feature for Snaps and Stories, the update includes a few other changes as well…<span id="more-387227"></span><div class="inlinead"><a href="http://rss.buysellads.com/click.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1435771122&c=544413566" target="_blank"><img src="http://rss.buysellads.com/img.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1435771122&c=544413566" border="0" alt="" /></a></div></p>
<p>For instance, adding friends to Snapchat is now an easier experience than before, especially among groups of Snapchat users together thanks to a new Add Nearby feature. This lets you quickly add friends around you when everyone opens the Add Nearby view.</p>
<p>Snapcodes, which let you add friends as well, have gained new features including the ability to attach a selfie for easier recognition and using Snapcode screenshots to add friends in Snapchat.</p>
<p>The new Tap to View feature should be a big deal for Snapchat users, especially with lengthier content through Stories gaining in popularity thanks to recent feature additions.</p>
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The flawless backup solution: lifetime of wireless local...

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Opinion: Apple Watch + Music show intuitive software shou...

Today, 08:14 PM

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Like many other people, I signed up for Apple Music yesterday because it was intriguing and free. Having skipped earlier subscription music services, I didn’t have Spotify playlists to worry about losing or importing, and I hadn’t experienced truly unlimited access to a giant music selection before. Apple Music’s sign-up process turned out to be great: attractive, simple, and just personal enough to learn my tastes without feeling creepy. It’s also likely to win long-term customers: sign up your family, and after 3 months, someone’s going to insist on keeping Apple Music (or just forget to cancel it).

But once the sign-up process is over, Apple Music repeats a mistake that Apple made earlier this year with the Apple Watch: throwing users into the deep end of a big new pool without adequate guidance. Despite all the talk of importantly human-curated content, Apple Music is oddly and robotically silent when it should be actively guiding new customers through a brand new service. In prior years, Apple held back products until they were polished enough that anyone could use them immediately. These days, Apple releases major products with enough rough software edges that customers and reviewers are (rightfully) complaining about learning curves and unintuitive interfaces.

As of today, Apple has a new VP of User Interface Design, Alan Dye, who is taking over software-side responsibilities from Apple’s vaunted design chief Jony Ive. In light of the Apple Watch and Apple Music launches, both of which were criticized for unnecessarily complex user interfaces, I’d respectfully suggest to Mr. Dye that fixing this problem should be a top priority…

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Although a handful of people have claimed — often obnoxiously — that only idiots will struggle through the first two days of using an Apple Watch, the wearable device was justifiably dinged for clunky initial performance and a sub-par setup process by reviewers and users. Even if you put aside the Home screen’s clutter of tiny, unlabeled circular icons, you still have glances and notifications to sort through, prune down, and figure out. Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times said it best: there’s a big learning curve for the first couple of days with an Apple Watch, then something clicks, and you’ll start to like or love it. It goes without saying that this wasn’t Apple’s style; when asked, I’ve explained to the (many) holdouts I know that the Apple Watch makes a bad first impression, but rapidly becomes something you don’t want to take off despite its obvious limitations. Waiting for a second- or third-generation version is, in my view, as much for improved software as hardware at this point.

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It’s tempting to write off the rough first couple of days and focus on how good the experience later becomes, but that’s not the way Apple products are supposed to work. Regardless of whether you characterize the learning curve as “steep” (like Manjoo) or “shallow” (like some others), the very existence of a learning curve is the barrier between mainstream success and failure. It’s also the major historic difference between Apple products and dozens if not hundreds of alternatives. Early adopters are a small group of people who are willing to suffer through rough patches, but the large mass of mainstream users people get frustrated with unpolished products and often won’t come back. That’s why Apple always used to err on the side of shipping fully usable products minus desired features rather than ones that compromised intuitive usability. Steve Jobs’ Apple was literally defined by the philosophy that it was better for a product to do a few things wonderfully than a lot of things poorly.

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Apple Music suffers from the same lack of polish as the Apple Watch, except here, the major issue is sprawl. For some reason, pieces of the new service are scattered across four separate tabs. On the iPhone, I was initially dropped into the least important tab, Connect, a timeline of tweet-caliber posts from artists. Beats One, Apple’s new and much-discussed global radio station, is nestled within the Radio tab. A section called “For You” houses personalized (but seemingly not particularly deep) music recommendations. And the one thing I really wanted to see, a catalog-like view of the 30-million-song Apple Music collection I’d signed up for, appeared to be hidden inside a tab called “New.” But if you really want to find individual songs in the catalog, it turns out that the easiest way to do it is… a search. 

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Apple Music’s features feel even less conspicuous in iTunes 12.2, which already has so many icons and tabs that the new features just blend in. Unfortunately, they don’t blend in a desirable way. It goes without saying that Apple Music could have just dropped you into the iTunes Store and let you go to town downloading tracks, but instead, Apple built a parallel interface that looks and acts just different enough from the Store to be confusing. For instance, it’s easy to see just how popular an artist’s individual tracks are within the iTunes Store. But in Apple Music, you can’t. A team of people went through the trouble to build this second UI to browse largely identical content, but it barely adds anything. And for some reason, my MacBook Pro’s fans start spinning whenever Apple Music features load.

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The iTunes Store shows popularity in a clear way

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Apple Music presents the same content in a less useful way

There are a lot of nits to pick with the way Apple integrated Beats Music into iTunes and iOS, but the bigger picture issues are more important. First, someone at Apple was OK adding a bunch of new tabs into iTunes and the Music app without giving customers even a brief first-use explanation of how they worked. Second, no one stopped a minor feature such as Connect — a retread of a previously highly unpopular feature, Ping — from getting one full tab within the iOS Music app when the old iOS Music app was getting uncomfortably shoehorned into another tab. And iTunes, an app that has long been criticized for bloat, now has actually gotten to the point where it’s employing two user interfaces to browse largely similar content. Given Apple’s supposed list of “a thousand no’s for every yes,” it’s hard to see how these items wound up in the “yes” column.

Today’s top-level user interface leadership changes at Apple present a fresh opportunity for the company to return to the user-friendly software releases that made it famous. A little extra UI polish — particularly when thinking about what both first-time users and experienced users of brand new software will be thinking — will go a long way towards making major new Apple releases as magical as their predecessors.


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